Gwent expansion Merchants of Ofir out now along with patch 5.0

CD Projekt RED has released a new expansion for its Witcher based card game Gwent, with the Merchants of Ofir dropping today with over 70 cards on PC and iOS. Along with the over 70 cards there are new stratagems card types that can give your army a unique bonus at the start of a match. Players that log in before December 16th will get a free Merchants of Ofir keg which will grant five cards from the expansion.

Along with the new expansion there’s a patch being released to which addresses audio improvements and various card cost changes. You can check those notes out below.

Gwent Patch 5.0

Changes
  • The music on the Main Menu has been temporarily changed to celebrate the Merchants of Ofir expansion.
  • Several audio improvements for voiceovers mastering, including leveling volume and improving leaders voiceovers on vs screen
  • Reactable elements react on mouse down rather than mouse up now
  • Leaders won’t accidentally walk off the Shipboard during their end game animations
  • Only traps with an Order can be manually reversed.
  • The following cards can be milled for the full mill value for 3 days: Whispering Hillock,Drummond Warmonger, Pitfall Trap, Serpent Trap, Vrihedd Sappers.
New Features
  • Introducing gameplay sounds spatialisation. Cards sound effects, voiceovers and ability sounds will now be panned in a way to allow players to track their position.
  • New audio design for vanity pickers. Picking a card back, leader or board will be supported with sound effects.
  • Selecting a deck to play will now be supported with this deck’s ability sound effect
  • Added a button to immediately open a keg that was just purchased/awarded
  • Cause of Death propagates its VFX on cards (better visual variety of deaths now)
  • Improve UI SFX in shop (keg opening) for revealing a choice of 3 cards
  • New Stratagems are our take on making decks even more customizable. Tactical Advantage is the default Stratagem and it will stay this way, however if players feel like they want an additional inch of personalization, there are 12 new Stratagems to help. They add a bonus layer to deck building and on top of that make matches a little bit more unique.
  • The second big addition to this update are Scenarios – Faction specific artifacts that will improve certain areas, that in our opinion, left factions feeling lacking. Albeit risky, they will bring great value to a player’s decks.
Neutral
  • Aguara power changed from 5 to 7.
  • Germain’s Piquant provision cost changed from 11 to 10.
  • Iris’ Companions provision cost changed from 9 to 8.
  • Lambert: Swordmaster provision cost changed from 9 to 10.
  • Operator provision cost changed from 10 to 8.
  • Shupe’s Day Off no longer has Doomed on it.
Monsters
  • Dominance changed to: Trigger this ability if you control the highest power unit on the battlefield.
  • Death’s Shadow ability changed to: Order: Destroy an allied Monster unit, then Spawn and play a base copy of it.
  • Death’s Shadow provision bonus changed from 15 to 16.
  • Endrega Queen Armor changed from 1 to 2.
  • Garkain power changed from 4 to 3.
  • Kayran power changed from 5 to 6.
  • Vran Warrior provision changed from 4 to 5.
  • Whispering Hillock ability changed to: Play a Deathwish unit from your deck.
Skellige
  • Brokvar Hunter provision cost changed from 4 to 5.
  • Drummond Warmonger ability changed to: Deploy: Damage 3 adjacent enemy units by 1. Bloodthirst 5: Damage all units on enemy row by 1 instead.
  • Drummond Warmonger power changed from 5 to 3.
  • Raging Bear ability changed to: Deploy: Damage an allied unit by 2.
  • Svalblod Cultist power changed from 4 to 5.
  • Svalblod Priest provision cost changed from 5 to 6.
  • Tuirseach Bearmaster ability changed to: Deploy: Give an allied Beast Vitality for 3 turns. Bonded: Boost an allied Beast by 3 instead.
  • Tuirseach Skirmisher power changed from 2 to 3.
Northern Realms
  • Lyrian Arbalest provision cost changed from 4 to 5.
  • Lyrian Cavalry provision cost changed from 4 to 5.
  • Redanian Archer power changed from 3 to 2.
  • Redanian Knight Armor changed from 1 to 2.
  • Redanian Knight power changed from 2 to 1.
  • Shani’s Armor removed.
  • Windhalm of Attre power changed from 2 to 3.
Scoia’tael
  • Precision Strike ability changed to: Order: Damage a unit by 1. Charge 3. Once all Charges have been exhausted, Spawn and play Brokilon Sentinel.
  • Precision Strike provision bonus changed from 18 to 16.
  • Brokilon Sentinel ability changed to: Deploy: Damage an enemy unit by 2. Deathblow: Summon all copies of this unit from your deck to this row.
  • Dwarven Berserker Armor changed from 5 to 4.
  • Dwarven Mercenary provision cost changed from 4 to 5.
  • Elven Swordmaster power and provision cost changed from 4 to 5.
  • Pitfall Trap ability changed to: Ambush: After your opponent plays a card, split damage equal to its provision cost between all enemy units.
  • Pitfall Trap provision cost changed from 8 to 7.
  • Sage provision cost changed from 5 to 6.
  • Serpent Trap ability changed to: Ambush: After your opponent plays a special card, destroy a highest power enemy unit.”
  • Serpent Trap provision cost changed from 6 to 7.
  • Vrihedd Sappers ability changed to: Deploy: Purify an allied unit. If you control an Elf, Purify a unit instead.
Nilfgaard
  • Aristocrat category added to following:
  • Vattier de Rideaux
  • Joachim de Wett
  • Vivienne de Tabris
  • Cahir Dyffryn
  • Shilard Fitz-Oesterlen
  • Ceallach Dyffryn
  • Roderick of Dun Tynne”
  • Fire Scorpion provision cost changed from 4 to 5.
  • Master of Disguise power changed from 4 to 3.
  • Nauzica Sergeant provision cost changed from 4 to 5.
  • Slave Hunter “Soldier” category added.
Syndicate
  • Azar Javed power changed from 3 to 5.
  • Cutup Lackey provision cost changed from 4 to 5.
  • Grand Inquisitor Helveed power changed from 4 to 5.
  • Hvitr and Aelydia ability changed to: Order (Melee): Damage a unit by 1. Hoard 5: Damage a unit by 2 instead. Cooldown: 1.
  • Hvitr and Aelydia provision cost changed from 9 to 8.
  • Scarab Armor changed from 2 to 1.
  • Scarab no longer has Deathwish
  • Sly Seductress provision cost changed from 4 to 5.
  • Witch Hunter Executioner provision cost changed from 5 to 6.
Game Fixes
  • All cards will now correctly play their sound effects upon transformation.
  • Cards that check for status changes now account for when a card is moved to the other row and toggles the spying status
  • Clicking the board quickly now no longer cuts the sound off midway
  • Fix for Detlaff Vampire sometimes not visually appearring on the board after being consumed
  • Fix for round score failing to update sometimes
  • Fix for some cards becoming invisible when killed
  • Fix for tutorial not progressing if you complete a battle while offline
  • Fixed an issue whereby Philippa: Blind Fury would trigger its ability despite having no valid targets on the board
  • Fixed incorrect interaction between Trollololo’s ability and Shield status
  • Leader Ability SFX now no longer ignores opponent’s tooltip flow.
  • Svalblod Ravager is now properly counting his Bloodthirst.
  • Tooltip fixes and improvements
  • Various coin lock fixes

Last week CD Projekt RED confirmed it was halting support for Gwent on consoles and encouraged players on PS4 and Xbox One to move their accounts to GOG so no progress is lost. That process can be started today.

Source: PlayGwent.com

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